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Celebrating Independent Pharmacy Champion Pete Stern – Part Two

With Currus CEO Pete Stern retiring next month, we take a look back at some of the accomplishments the organization saw under his second decade of leadership (2000-09).    What were some of the goals of KPSC heading into the new millennium? In 1999, we had five goals. First, to keep expanding the number of…

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Robert Tinsley Named New CEO of Currus

Robert F. Tinsley has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of Currus (formerly Kansas Independent Pharmacy Service Corporation), succeeding Pete Stern, who is retiring after 29 years. Tinsley, 50, comes from the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC), a national pharmacy group purchasing organization, and resides in Phoenix, Ariz. He most recently served as Vice President of…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Nancy Milledge

Our September spotlight features Nancy Milledge of Clearwater Pharmacy in Clearwater, Kan. Nancy shared with us how the patients in her community make her job as an independent pharmacist so rewarding.   When did you realize you wanted to become a pharmacist?  I don’t ever remember a conscious decision. I worked as a “soda jerk”…

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Celebrating Independent Pharmacy Champion Pete Stern – Part One

With Currus CEO Pete Stern retiring this fall, we take a look back at what brought him to the world of pharmacy and some of the accomplishments the organization saw under his first decade of leadership (1990-99).    Where are you from? I was born in Houston, Texas. What brought you to Kansas? I came…

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Kansas Board of Pharmacy Moves Forward with 4:1 Ratio; 6:1 Waiver on Hold

During a meeting last Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Pharmacy voted to approve a 4:1 pharmacist-technician ratio in Kansas. The new change will now head to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office for review. Earlier this year, the Board approved moving forward with a 4:1 ratio with an option for pharmacies to submit a waiver to…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Kechia and Daren Reese

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Daren and Kechia Reese of K’ and D’ Pharmacy in Arkansas City, Kan. They spoke with us to share why they love working in their small town and what they find most rewarding about working in independent pharmacy. When did you realize you wanted to become a pharmacist? Kechia: I…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Brett Horyna

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Brett Horyna of El Kan Drug in Liberal, Kan. Brett shared with us his journey to becoming a pharmacist, what he loves about his job, and advice he would offer future pharmacy owners.    When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? My roommate in college his…

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Kansas Students Must Now Receive Meningitis, Hepatitis A Vacccines

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that students in Kansas must now receive both meningitis and hepatitis A vaccines prior to the 2019-20 school year this fall. KDHE proposed the changes to the state’s vaccine requirements earlier this year and recently held a public hearing in June that concluded a 60-day public…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Gavin Duley

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Dr. Gavin Duley of Caney Drug in Caney, Kan. He shared some great insight with us as to why he chose to become an independent pharmacist.    When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? After working as a pharmacy technician in high school for a local…

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